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Friday, January 23rd, 2009
12:35 pm
intersections of race and class
I've encountered much more awareness of intersectionality and the effects of intersectionality in online discussions rather than in print media, so it was nice to see discussions that class rather than colour or ethnicity should be blamed for bias against poor whites. Just yes. Discrimination is more complicated than colour; there are so many other factors involved and it's good to see a report acknowledging this.

"The interests of the white working class are habitually pitched against those of minority ethnic groups and immigrants, while larger social and economic structures are left out of the debate altogether."

As Half Man Half Biscuit said, "They looked at my postcode, they asked me to speak; it was then I decided my prospects were bleak". But it's easier to give simple, kneejerk answers than it is to look at the complexities of class and geography and culture. Without an awareness of intersectionality, it's all too easy to get into Oppression Olympics.
Monday, August 18th, 2008
10:23 am
A question of identity: are you Scottish or British? - the Herald on the 2011 census.

People living in Scotland in 2011 will be asked to tick one of 21 boxes that they think best defines their ethnic or national background. There will be a box for "Scottish" and a box for "British" but none for both.

[...] London-born and English-accented Nigel Don, a fellow MSP, has a different take. "I would put myself down as Scottish," the Nationalist said. "I have never had any doubts about that, regardless of where I was born. And that would not be a political answer."

His response is interesting to me because I appreciate that there's a broad definition of who gets to be a Scot - basically anybody who lives in Scotland - but I would still be ticking the Northern Irish* box because that's where I'm from and I'm conscious of that difference.

But get this, too:

The new questions won't, however, measure how many Scottish residents of Asian, African or other ethnic backgrounds regard themselves as, say, "Scottish Asian" rather than "British Asian". Bluntly, people who regard themselves as white have to decide whether they are Scottish or British. People who define themselves as Asian, African or of other minority groups can't do so, even if they wanted to.

* For the first time, both "Irish" and "Northern Irish" will be options.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
4:04 pm
discussions about race in the UK
Sorry if this is off-topic, please delete if it is.

I've just come from yet another ignorant and frustrating discussion about race in one of the communities I frequent and was wondering if there are any UK blogs along the lines of Racialious or brownfemipower. At the moment, I feel like an A-level student in a class of GCSE students - I think I know more than them, but there's no way I can educate myself (beyond clarifying what I say and how to react to the barrage of idiocy) in that sort of environment.

I'm a postgraduate British Asian from one of the Scheduled Tribes, if that helps. Any ideas?
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
10:15 am
Heinz pulls gay kiss advert.

In response to Heinz’s decision, LGBT lobby group Stonewall is encouraging Britain’s 3.6 million gay consumers and their friends to stop purchasing from Heinz and buy alternative products instead.

Stonewall Chief Executive, Ben Summerskill, said, “We find Branston Baked Beans, Baxters Soups, Buitoni Spaghetti, Jardines Tomato Ketchup and Hellmann’s Mayonnaise all to be much more delicious than their Heinz counterparts and encourage people offended by Heinz’s decision to try them.

“We’re shocked that an innocuous ad should have been withdrawn in this way. I can’t imagine that Heinz would respond to protests about black people featuring in their adverts."

Wait, so now Stonewall's advertising products? For free? Did these products actually get more "delicious" after Heinz made their decision? Does "we" indicate the whole of the Stonewall team and are there any dissenters? I want to know.

I also want to know why we're still on the "(white) gays vs (heterosexual) blacks" thing in this day and age.
Monday, November 12th, 2007
2:48 pm
Edinburgh Evening News visits the city's Central Mosque, discusses terrorism and racism.

Resulting reader comments are tiresomely predictable.
Monday, September 24th, 2007
8:29 pm
GLAAD's report on LGBT characters on TV.

Of course, a) this is from the USA and b) I don't tend to watch TV, so I could use a little help here. Am I right in noting that the US version of The Office has a gay character while the UK one doesn't? Anyone got anything else to say about the characters? (I only know the ones in The Simpsons.)

Anyway, the statistics are pretty damn tiny.
7:51 pm
Oh, that's nice.

Dump Your Penfriend

Virgin Mobile Australia steals picture from flickr of Asian-American girl; uses for ad campaign "that depends so heavily on the Perpetual Foreigner stereotype, implying that she is some sort of foreign, geeky Asian penpal".
1:14 pm
Australia: Lesbian mums hit out at 'double standards'

A LESBIAN couple pursuing a civil action after unexpectedly having twins through IVF treatment have hit out at the controversy surrounding their case, saying it exposes double standards within the community.

The couple's reaction came as Liberal senator Guy Barnett said the case undermined "the importance of parenthood" and called for a ban on single women and lesbian couples accessing taxpayer-funded IVF services.

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I do not know what I think, except that I like that they raised the point about gratitude. Thoughts, anyone?
Friday, September 7th, 2007
3:32 pm
Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
7:01 pm
Oh, well that's marvellous then.

(From March 2007)
Abuse case fan walks free
By Lars Niven

A Rangers fan who shouted sectarian abuse during a Scottish Cup tie with Dunfermline has been cleared of committing an offence because nobody was upset by his remark.

John Dryburgh from Glasgow, stood up and yelled “You Fenian bastard!” as his team trailed the Pars by two goals with just 30 minutes of the third round match gone.

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Sunday, July 29th, 2007
10:06 pm
So, okay, I am sometimes rubbish at keeping track of the news, but I only heard about the US authorities' impending access to travellers' personal information through the Equality Network message boards, and haven't seen any discussion of it on my friends page (although I could easily have missed stuff). Has everyone else heard about this? Because by 'personal information', we're talking "detailed biographical information" including religious and political views, sex life, and trade union membership. Um.

I don't think having Homeland Security know the last time some woman in France coming to shop in New York City had a pap smear is going to save us from another attack.

This really puts me off revisiting the USA. On the other hand, I was already put off. (But also: since this apparently applies to air passengers, couldn't people wanting to avoid this invasion of privacy just fly to Canada or Mexico and then enter the USA by land?)
Sunday, July 15th, 2007
4:23 pm
Via debunkingwhite:

Lowri Turner in the Guardian on being a white middle-class woman with a mixed-race baby.

Lowri Turner in the Daily Mail on being a white middle-class woman with a mixed-race baby.

Discussion over at debunkingwhite.

Bonus! Also by Lowri Turner: However much I love my gay friends, I don't want them running the country.

How to choose a favourite quote? From the baby musings, I'm kind of (not) fond of her "pink, girly fantasy" about having a daughter - at least she attempts to examine her issues about raising a mixed-race child, but enforced femininity still goes unchallenged. On the other hand, that last link is absolutely delightful - we've got "Those who claim to be bisexual are simply trying to fudge the truth" and also "Gay men face challenges of their own, but they do not face those associated with having children which is the way most of us live." Oh, fuck off.
Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
12:36 am
Oh wow, this is the first I'd heard of this.

Transsexual becomes mayor in Cambridge

It took me a while to process that they were talking about Cambridge in England. Anyone else heard? Have I just been asleep?
Sunday, May 20th, 2007
2:31 pm
So, in the USA, the term 'Oriental' as applied to people is seen as offensive. But in the UK, that doesn't seem to be so widely understood. Last week the local paper (which likes to think of itself as not being a reactionary tabloid rag) ran a big piece about 'Oriental' 'vice girls'. I don't think I've ever seen any UK-based (or non-US-based) discussions of why this terminology is offensive - has anyone else?

I'm not aware there is consensus on what descriptors should be used, either - since 'Asian' generally means 'South Asian' over here, it doesn't really work. But I personally use 'South Asian' and 'East Asian', and used that for our ethnic origin monitoring at work. If you need to record this kind of data at your work/whatever, what are the available options?
Monday, April 2nd, 2007
12:09 pm
The Registrar General and the Black or White Question: Africans in Scotland on identifying beyond colour. The comments are particularly interesting.
Sunday, February 18th, 2007
12:32 pm
How do you feel about the limitations of language? In your experience does it seem necessary to speak in academicese if you're discussing concepts like class, race, gender, sexuality etc? Are there further limitations in an on-line environment, do you think? (Me, I think that a lot of times I've encountered crossed lines when trying to discuss things in US-focused communities, and seen other people apparently have the same trouble. But it's hard to know for sure.)

I don't know about you, but in our first post there, I regularly reverted to rambling drivel. Which I don't want to be tiresome for anybody to plough through, and I don't expect to always just be spewing out my train of thought as it hits me; but because so far I know everybody in this community, I'm currently fairly comfortable doing that. And a couple folk have said to me that they reckon they'll just lurk and see how it goes, because they don't feel they have the language to discuss the kinds of concepts we're looking at here. I don't want this to be a place where you get shot down for phrasing something clumsily, and I don't want the act of phrasing something clumsily to be interpreted as representing your level of knowledge of anything other than what you've actually said in that context. You know?
Friday, February 16th, 2007
4:52 pm
Welcome to contextualised! I'm pretty hopeful that this will become a useful and regularly used space. We'll see.

I trust that you've already looked at the userinfo, so do you have any additions or changes you would like to make to the groundrules, interests, linked communities and feeds? Anything else?

So what would you like to get out of this community? What kinds of topics have been on your mind lately? If that's too vague a question, let me start: at the moment I'm particularly interested in examining middle-class vitriol aimed at 'chavs'; the appropriation of 'gay' to mean 'stupid' by pseudo-liberal heterosexual hipsters; whether genderqueer is much of a recognised or relevant concept in the UK/Ireland; and Polish immigration (I'm not sure what exactly I want to say about same, but I'm learning Polish, so, yeah).

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